FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the Dates of the 2021 ScreenCraft Writers Summit?
Friday, April 9th – Sunday, 11th, 2021
Where will it take place?
The 2021 ScreenCraft Writers Summit is 100% virtual, an online event.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, there is no in-person Writers Summit in 2021.
Will sessions be recorded?
All panels on the Main Stage, and most Panels and Craft Intensives on the Craft Stage, will be recorded and those recordings will be available to Summit Ticket Holders. Networking mixers, Room Expert Discussions and Workshops in the Expo Booths will not be recorded.
Will recordings be available after the event?
The recordings will be available to all Summit badgeholders, for 30 days after the Summit.
I have a Summit Ticket, how do I access the Summit panel recordings?
If you are a 2021 ScreenCraft Summit Ticket Holder, you will be directly emailed the information to access recordings.
I didn’t buy a ticket to the Summit, can I still see the recordings?
Yes, with purchase. Please register on our website and you will be sent information on how to purchase access to the panel recordings.
Who can attend the ScreenCraft Writers Summit? Are there minimum age requirements for the event?
Anyone who is interested in writing for film or television, or the business of writing for film and television, should attend the ScreenCraft Writers Summit. The Writers Summit is open to the public, and there are no requirements for entry, but the suggested age for admission is 18 years old. Please be advised that all sessions will take place in English (with ASL interpretation and/or Closed Captioning when possible).
What kind of events can I expect?
Panels, keynotes with film and television leaders, networking mixers where you can meet future collaborators, and group discussion sessions with industry professionals.
The panels and keynotes will feature our A-list writers, television showrunners, studio and network executives, agents, managers and more. For full panelist list and schedule, keep checking the website.
Friday April 9th:
The opening day, starts with a panel on professional skills and breaking-in, and then has a mixer for all attendees: Networking by Genre.Join virtual “rooms” for Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, etc to meet writers and future collaborators! The evening ends with a panel of the 2021 Oscar-nominated Screenwriters, hosted by Jeff Goldsmith’s “The Q&A” Podcast.
Saturday April 10th:
All-day panels and keynotes, on topics on TV writing, craft and structure, and more (check the website for full list.)
In-between each panel you can join hangout rooms or chat on-on-one with other writers!
Saturday evening is our Open Networking with Table Hosts, where you can rotate through virtual tables as you meet fellow writers, industry professionals, and special hosts.
Sunday April 11th:
Another full day of panels and keynotes – with secret high-level speakers to be announced! In-between each panel you can join hangout rooms or chat on-on-one with other writers, with a hosted networking Mixer on Sunday after the panels.
The last event on Sunday will be the finals for the ScreenCraft Summit Virtual Pitch Competition. Tune in to watch the Finalists pitch – LIVE – to the VIP judges. This is a chance to learn from the best, and hear what Hollywood is looking for.
For most up-to-date information on the Summit schedule, keep checking the website.
How do I attend?
How much are Badges? Do the prices change?
See the website for full list of badge prices.
Are Student Badges available?
No, all badges for the 2021 ScreenCraft Summit are the same price.
Are Badges refundable?
All badge sales are fully refundable minus a $50 processing fee until January 1st, 2021. After that date, all purchases are non-refundable. All badges are non-transferrable.
Can I buy individual tickets to specific sessions?
No, individual tickets for Summit sessions are not available.
Ok I bought my badge, how do I access the event?
Congratulations! You’ve got a great weekend ahead of you. A welcome email should arrive two weeks before the event, look for it no later than March 29th, 2021.
Details on how to access our virtual platform will be sent to you, after the welcome email. Please make sure you check your email and spam filter, and if you do not receive any email from ScreenCraft, please contact us.
Do I need to do anything to prepare?
To set yourself up for the most successful Summit experience, we recommend that you be well-rested and ready to learn and connect. Even though we’ll be safely in our own homes, you will be visible during the mixers and meet-ups, so it’s good to have good lighting and audio quality, and a quiet place to listen and speak. Use headphones if that helps! Check that your Internet connection is smooth, and if you want to get ahead think of some questions in advance!
Be sure not to miss the panel on “Career Tools for Writers: Networking, Meetings, and Breaking in” on Friday April 9th, as it will offer specific tips and tools for how to get the most out of the weekend.
Do I need to make a login or account with the platform?
Our tech platform, Hopin, allows for you to have a “virtual profile” that your fellow attendees can see, to facilitate chats and meetings. Think of this as your virtual “badge”, if we were in person we’d be walking around wearing a badge around our neck!
It is up to you what you wish to include on your Hopin profile: photos, social media handles, etc. You can add as much or as little as you like, it is not required to add anything at all. However, the more you include, the easier it will be for others to interact with you!
Instructions on how to set up your Hopin profile will be sent to you in the weeks before the event.
Do I need to sign-up for genre networking or networking with table hosts?
No. All networking and mixers are first come, first serve, but there will be rooms and networking opportunities to accommodate everyone.
Networking By Genre, on Friday April 9th, offers you the opportunity to join virtual “rooms” for Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, and more, to meet writers and future collaborators.
Open Networking with Table Hosts, on Saturday April 10th, is a chance to rotate through virtual tables as you meet fellow writers, industry professionals, and special hosts.
Will there be ASL interpretation and/or Closed Captioning?
Whenever possible, we will provide simultaneous ASL translation and/or closed captioning.
For any specific questions about additional needs, please email us.
Will you have a new T-Shirt for this event?
Yes! After getting a lot of requests based on the last year’s design, we’ve created a new design paying homage to the writer’s core tenets. Check out the 2021 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Shirt here.
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